Good evening everyone! I hope you had a nice Wednesday! It's hard to believe that tomorrow will be the first of August...and talking about the first of August...don't forget to look for my free e-book of the month, on the homepage of this site...tomorrow, August 01, 2019!
Now, as the sun begins to set for another day...let us meditate on the goodness of God. You know...so many times, we tend to meditate on everything that went wrong in the day; but like you...I find that this only makes a miserable evening and a sleepless night; so no matter what you have walked through today...let it all go into the hands of God...for He knows how to work our problems out better than we do...don't you think?
You know...there was a time quite awhile back, when I had an overwhelming day. I think that everything that could have overwhelmed me that day did. Anyways...as I sat on the edge of my daybed in the office...I looked directly across the room, to a picture of Jesus; that I have hanging near my desk...and as I looked deep into His face, I began to share all the hurt from that day...then it was as if He was speaking to my heart to say... "Diane, tomorrow's a new day...focus on that"...and you know what...I did and as I began to think more on what He had laid upon my heart; I began to say to myself... "Diane, it's alright...tomorrow's a brand new day...so just let it go and go to sleep and you will see that God will bring you another new tomorrow."
After I went to bed...I slept with such peace...the peace of God...and why? Because I had let it all go into God's hands...and while I slept; He went to work on my behalf...and by morning, everything began to look brand new again; so let it all go and meditate on God, rather than the circumstances of the day!
As we close this day together, I pray that you will find the strength to let go of your day...and meditate on the One, who can replace these difficult moments, with peace and sweet rest!
God bless...have a great night and I'll see you tomorrow...Diane
Hello everyone...and a "Happy Wednesday" to you! I truly pray that your Wednesday is off to a good start!
Well...a new day stands before us...and no matter what we face in this day...we have the assurance that our God is there and will always care for us!
You know...sometimes our circumstances can make us feel like nothing before God; but when we reflect on Matthew 6:26...we are reminded that if God can care for the birds of the air, which are not as valuable to Him as we are...then we can know for sure that He will be there to care for us and walk us through the tough and difficult struggles of life.
I remember many times in the past, when the overwhelming moments of circumstance made me feel like a piece of nothing before God; but as I look back to those times...to where I am right now; I see a God, who truly was there...to love and care for me.
No matter what you are walking through right now...just know that you aren't alone. Yes...the circumstance can make you feel alone; but even in the midst of these foggy moments; there is a God, who is watching everything that concerns you; so don't give up on hope...but rather, cling to the God of all hope and let Him be there for you...just as He has been for me.
As you continue to enter each moment of this day...I pray that you will truly feel and experience the loving presence of God...and that you will begin to see a glimpse of light; that shows you...that He really does care for you!
Many blessings on your day...Diane!
I want to thank you, for taking some time out of your day...to celebrate life with me!
The real reason I celebrate life...rather than a birthday; is because I will NEVER forget the day, when my best friend...Jesus Christ; walked by my deep pit of despair and reached deep within, to rescue me.
Many times, I tried to escape this pit; but only to fall back, to where I first began. It was only when I reached up for the hand of Jesus; that I found myself brought up and out of this pit of despair that I had been in, for so many years of my life.
Praise God for new life...yes...the new life I now live...for I have been set free...and you know what? He can do the same for you. Jesus doesn't play favorites...but loves us all; but the secret to it all; is to let Him do it and turn to Him for help, rather than yourself.
I found that even though I felt alone and abandoned in that pit...I really wasn't. You see...Jesus was waiting for me to reach up to Him. Reach up to Him today...He's waiting to help you...believe me I KNOW!! PRAISE HIM!!
God not only brought me through 21 knee surgeries...sexual abuse...a dysfunctional home life...and the loss of many things; but He made an exchange...His strength for my weakness. In other words...God took a life that felt like a dirty rag...dragging behind a car on a gravel road; and placed me on a path that would allow everything that I had went through...to be used, for His honor and glory.
I will never forget the first moment...when words would flood my thoughts. They came so fast; that I could hardly write them down. After some time, I began to put pens in each room of our home...and over time, I have written on napkins...Kleenex and anything I could get my hands on. A few writings led to thousands of God inspired writings...and to this day, I have had 18 books published.
You see...God can take any weakness; that Satan is attempting to destroy us with...and use it in a way; that makes all we go through victorious. Never give up...and never lose hope; for God would have never created you...or even allowed you to go through the hard times, without a purpose and reason for it all...so keep pressing on!
This is a page that came from my journal...while dealing with sexual abuse...
"The tears that fall from these eyes are tears that have been held in that 6 year old...and now they are being shed from the little one within.
One thing I'm desiring right now; is to look at the pictures, of when I was at the age when I was abused...to look into the eyes and see the difference through the pain in that little girls eyes. That way, I will know where to start again, from where I once left off...so many years ago.
I can already feel the understanding and wisdom come into this small mind of mine. As soon as I can see and look into those abused and hurtful eyes; then the healing process will begin, as I gradually leave the child behind, to become the woman I should be."
Many years back...God opened the door, for me to enter the small house, where the abuse took place...and He did take me back to the time, when I stopped maturing, due to the abuse...and it was from there; that He helped me walk to where I should be in life, as a grown woman.
One thing I know...God can make a way, when we don't know which way to go; so no matter what you have gone through...or are facing; just know that He will help you find your way, until He has safely walked you out of despair...praise Him!!
More to come later...
As my life's journey became more intense; I found that all my circumstances were nudging me in a direction...where I was searching for hope continually. This was a small study Bible...that as you can see, got practically torn to pieces, as I searched under each heading to find words of truth that could set me free. As of this day...I still have this small study Bible...and from time to time, I go over the fragile pages that saved my life from total destruction.
Always turn to God's words of truth, during the trying times in your life...for they will be the key of truth that can unlock and open up the prison door of despair! AMEN!!!
Here I am again...only this time, on crutches. This was the first of 21 knee surgeries. When I look into her eyes...I'm thinking... "You didn't know that there would be many more surgeries...and much pain...did you?
As of this year...I've been living with these two bad legs, for about 50 years.
Early in life, I found out that I was born with two deformities in my knees...after a major dislocation. In fact, I walked on a dislocated knee for several days, before I was taken to the doctor...and that is when the journey began...a long and difficult journey...but do you know what? I wouldn't trade this journey, for two perfect legs; because I have learned so much, from this difficult climb...and even now, as I live with a rod in the right leg...and a very bad left knee...I write through the pain and tiredness; that stems through this "thorn" that has afflicted me.
One thing I can say for sure...if I wouldn't have walked this difficult road...I wouldn't be where I am with Christ today! Praise Him...that even through affliction; we can remain connected and sustained, from a pit of total destruction! I love you Jesus...and I thank you for the hard times...for these moments have truly steered me in your direction!!
*Come back and look for more throughout the day, as I celebrate God's goodness...see you soon!
Can you find me? I'm the one in the middle...the one with the white blouse.
This skirt and blouse will always be imprinted within my thoughts because this was a difficult time in my life, when I was being sexually abused by my grandfather. I don't speak of this, to open up a bad memory or seek pity...but I share this time in my life...because this was one of the difficult moments, where God stepped in and loved me through a lot of hurtful feelings.
Through time, I truly have come to see what real love is, rather than a selfish love...and that real love came to me, through a God, who stepped in and rescued me out of a real love.
For many years...I had a hard time understanding why a loving God would stand back and watch this happen in my life; but I came to see that man is given a choice in life...but sometimes, those choices aren't right. Even though my grandfather chose the wrong choice...God has now used these difficult times in my life to make me stronger...and what Satan attempted to destroy my mind and heart with, has now landed back in His lap...as I now stand victorious over these moments...and it is ONLY and ALWAYS because of JESUS CHRIST!! PRAISE HIM!!